May 10, 1937 — February 8, 2018
QUEENSBURY — Mary Ann (McDaniel) Green, 80, of Queensbury, passed into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Born May 10, 1937 in Natick, Massachusetts, the daughter of James and Marion (Ryan) McDaniel, Mary Ann was the youngest of seven children. Her traditional Irish Catholic upbringing laid a solid foundation of faith in God, which carried her through life’s challenges. In times of trial, she would channel her strength of faith with the mantra “Sacred heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.”
The McDaniel clan moved to Albany when Mary Ann was a little girl. She attended Vincentian Institute (V.I.) and graduated from there in 1955. After high school, Mary Ann was called to follow in her dear sister’s footsteps and begin the journey of becoming a nun. She devoted six weeks of her life at the Sisters of Mercy convent in Albany, eventually realizing it was not her true calling. Mary Ann’s path then shifted toward a work life. Her secretarial skills helped to land her a professional job at Hartford Insurance in Albany. Some weeks later, a handsome young man came in to apply for an agent position. He got the job and turned out to be the love of her life. Mary Ann McDaniel and William L. Green were united in marriage on a rainy Saturday in Oct. 1959.
The couple’s marital adventures began with the birth of their first daughter, Deborah. Happy as new parents, they moved into their first home on Alden Court in Delmar, across the street from Bill’s parents. Catherine, their second bundle, arrived shortly thereafter; and baby number three, Nancy, rounded out the family to five. Mary Ann was a natural mother and loving wife, and it was at that point she knew she had found her true calling. Those early years remained a warm memory throughout her life. Her husband’s career presented an opportunity not to be ignored. His new job required a move, and he brought Mary Ann and the girls to Glens Falls, where they thrived. Mary Ann loved her home life, and her three little chicks kept her busy and content. She devoted her time and energy to instilling her strong faith and family values in her babies. She especially loved family vacations to Cape Cod and summer days at their camp on Lake George.
After seeing her children go off on their own, Mary Ann resumed work part-time as receptionist at Prospect Child and Family Center in Queensbury. She also took great pride in staying fit at the Glens Falls YMCA, where she was a longtime member. She always found refuge in the church, and St. Mary’s parish in Glens Falls has been her spiritual sanctuary for the past 50 years. She has happily volunteered there in many capacities, including teaching parochial school, helping to organize the food pantry and always participating in the Christmas gift-giving campaign. Gardening, bird-watching, jigsaw puzzles and quality time spent with her honey were some of her other favorite pastimes.
Two special events marked Mary Ann’s later life. The births of her grandson and granddaughter, Michael and Scarlett, gave her a new devotion and purpose. The two will always cherish time spent with their grandma.
In Sept. 2017, Mary Ann endured a broken heart as the Lord called Bill home after 58 years of true love. Her family takes comfort in the fact that on Feb. 8, their souls were reunited, together for eternity. Throughout the years, Mary Ann stood strong as her family’s confidante and mentor, and her wisdom was always available. Her gentle, loving nature will be missed by her entire family.
Predeceased by her husband, her parents and all of her siblings, Mary Ann is survived by her three adoring daughters, Deborah Green, Catherine Green and Nancy Green Montiel and her husband, Victor; her cherished grandchildren, Michael Sullivan and Scarlett Dyer; many treasured nieces and nephews; dear grandnieces and grandnephews; and her precious granddogs, Cal and Fiona.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St. Queensbury.
Mary Ann’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary’s Church, 62 Warren St. Glens Falls, with the Rev. Thomas Morrette officiating.
A graveside service will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Delmar.
Condolences and floral arrangements may be sent directly to Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St. Queensbury, NY 12804; or through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.